Jul 30 2012

Olympic Athlete Goes Independent, Lost 28 Family Members To War

Deadspin has a story about “Independent Olympic Athletes,” of which there are four according to Barry Petchesky’s article. This particular tidbit caught my eye.

But Marial didn’t have a country to represent. He hasn’t obtained U.S. citizenship, and while Sudan offered him the chance to compete for them, he turned them down, citing the 28 family members he lost in the war. “It’s not right for me to do that,” he said. “It’s not right for me to represent the country I refuged from.”

Always good to have perspective.

via There Are Four Olympic Athletes Without Countries To Represent.